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Rush Hour Concerts 2016

Continues Beloved Signature Summer Concert Series, Starting June 7 And Make Music Chicago

Celebrates 6th Year of Free, Day-Long City-Wide Music Event, on Summer Solstice, June 21

CHICAGO – Rush Hour Concerts and Executive Director Kitty Rothschild present the 17th season of the beloved Summer Concert Series, with free classical music in serene and historic St. James Cathedral, 65 E. Huron Street, June 7 – August 30, 2016. The Summer Concert Series offers high quality live chamber music every Tuesday evening after work, beginning with a pre-concert beverage reception provided by Argo Tea at 5:15 pm in the cathedral foyer, followed by a 30-minute concert at 5:45 pm. All performances are free and open to the public; tickets and reservations are not required.

Curated by Rush Hour Concerts’ Artistic Director Anthony Devroye, this year’s series will weave together diverse themes into a kaleidoscopic series featuring masterworks by Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Schumann, Debussy, Janáček, and more, plus the return of “Here and Now” performances embracing contemporary chamber music by leading Chicago composers. This year’s highlights also include the annual Deborah Sobol Memorial Concert; the Rush Hour Concerts debut of the Lincoln Trio; a preview of the upcoming Ear Taxi Festival; phenomenal young artists from Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, Lyric Opera’s Ryan Opera Center, and violinist and Stradivari Society recipient Augustin Hadelich; Chicago Symphony Orchestra members Christopher Martin and Brant Taylor; and leading Chicago ensembles such as the Avalon and Spektral Quartets, Third Coast Percussion, Fifth House Ensemble, Axiom Brass and Civitas.

Click here for Honeymoon Cruises!Presented by Rush Hour Concerts, this year also marks the 6th anniversary of Make Music Chicago, a one-day, city-wide free music festival taking place Tuesday, June 21, 2016. Inspired by the Parisian tradition of Fête de la Musique, which over the past 30 years has taken hold in more than 700 cities around the world on the Summer Solstice (June 21), Make Music Chicago was pioneered by late Rush Hour Concerts founder Deborah Sobol in conjunction with the Alliance Française de Chicago, the Chicago Park District, and other Chicago cultural partners.

Under the helm of Artistic Director and lauded pianist Kuang-Hao Huang, Make Music Chicago invites thousands of Chicagoans of all ages and backgrounds to participate in over 200 performances and events across over 90 locations in over 20 Chicago neighborhoods from sunrise to sunset. Highlights include the Midwest Premiere of Guerrilla Fanfare by critically acclaimed composer Kevin James at Millennium Park featuring Axiom Brass, Chicago Youth Symphony Brass and Percussion, Fulcrum Point New Music Project, Gaudete Brass Quintet and Merit Music Brass and Percussion plus the popular return to Daley Plaza of the “Sousapalooza” play-along for band instrumentalists; Rise and Shine Orchestra which invites amateur players to play alongside Chicago Symphony Orchestra members and Pianos in the Parks offering access to pianos located throughout Chicago’s public parks including Calumet Park, Garfield Park Conservatory, Hamilton Park, Loyola Park, Mozart Park, Washington Square Park.

Title: Rush Hour Concerts

Date: Every Tuesday, June 7 – August 30

Time: Pre-concert reception: 5:15 pm; Concert: 5:45 pm

Location: St. James Cathedral, 65 E. Huron Street, Chicago

Tickets: The reception and concert are always free and no tickets are required

Title: Make Music Chicago

Date: Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Time: All day: 6:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. citywide

Locations: Chicago public spaces citywide, including Millennium Park’s Wrigley Square, Maggie Daley Park, Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago Cultural Center’s Preston Bradley Hall, Two North Riverside Plaza plus over 30 Chicago Park District sites and many others

Tickets: Make Music Chicago is completely free for musicians and audiences alike and no tickets are required

Rush Hour Concerts – Summer Calendar

June 7 Season Opener: Distinctive Voice

Program: Leoš Janáček: String Quartet No. 2: Intimate Letters

Artists: Avalon String Quartet

June 14 Brass Celebration

Program: Giovanni Gabrieli: Canzon Duodecimi Toni

Oskar Böhme: Sextet

Witold Lutosławski: Variations on a theme by Paganini

Artists: Axiom Brass with Christopher Martin (trumpet) and friends

June 21 Rush Hour Concerts at Make Music Chicago

Program: Igor Stravinsky: Divertimento

Peter IlyichTchaikovsky: Valse-Scherzo, Op. 34

Artists: Augustin Hadelich (violin) and Kuang-Hao Huang (piano)

June 28 Here and Now I

Program: Music by David Skidmore, Robert Dillon and Peter Martin

Artists: Third Coast Percussion

July 5 Russian Romantic

Program: Anton Arensky: Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 32

Artists: Lincoln Trio

July 12 Deborah Sobol Memorial Concert

Program: Robert Schumann: Piano Quintet in E-flat, Op. 44

Artists: Spektral Quartet with Daniel Schlosberg (piano)

July 19 Rising Stars

Program: Music for Piano and Strings

Artists: Young Artists from Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute

July 26 Folk Songs and Fairytales

Program: Leoš Janáček: Pohadka

Robert Schumann: Five Pieces in Folk Style

Artists: Brant Taylor (cello) and Kuang-Hao Huang (piano)

August 2 Lyric Shorts

Program: Selections from W.A. Mozart’s The Magic Flute

Artists: Singers from Lyric Opera’s Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center

August 9 Poems of Youth

Program: Leoš Janáček: Mladi

Artists: Fifth House Ensemble

August 16 Puzzle Pieces

Program: Music of Walter Rabl, Paul Moravec, Olivier Messiaen and John Mackey

Artists: Civitas Ensemble

August 23 Here and Now II – Ear Taxi Festival Preview

Program George Lewis: Hexis

Mischa Zupko: Occupy and Rising

Artists: Ensemble Dal Niente and Fulcrum Point New Music Project

August 30 Season Finale

Program: Claude Debussy: Prélude à l’après- midi d’un faune

Francis Poulenc: Le bal masqué

Artists: John MacFarlane (conductor) and the Rush Hour Concerts Chamber Orchestra

About Rush Hour Concerts:

Since its inception in 2000, Rush Hour Concerts has reinvented the classical music experience through a dedication to artistic quality, a concert format suitable to contemporary lifestyles and a policy of admission-free events. Rush Hour Concerts has created groundbreaking programs and access initiatives that have revolutionized music-making in Chicago and forged trendsetting partnerships with the city’s arts and cultural community. In addition to the Summer Concert Series, Rush Hour Concerts unites the city through music every year on the summer solstice, June 21, with Make Music Chicago, a citywide, daylong celebration of everyone’s ability to make music.

Rush Hour Concerts is committed to broadening arts access and launched its Community Engagement Residencies to bring expert musical instruction to under-resourced neighborhoods in Chicago through a long-term strategy of artistic and community collaboration. Now in its 17th year, Rush Hour Concerts remains grounded in its mission to reach across all communities with new ways for audiences to experience world-class music in Chicago.

To learn more about Rush Hour Concerts visit www.rushhour.org.

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